Grammys 2012: Foo Fighters' 'Wasting Light' wins for rock album
The band was considered the favorite coming into this year’s Grammy ceremony, having taken the rock album award three times in the previous dozen years. “Wasting Light” garnered the veteran group that Dave Grohl assembled after the demise of Nirvana some of the best reviews of its career, in part for songs that wrestle honestly with life’s ghosts and unanswered — and perhaps unanswerable — questions.
"I think this is by far the most rock record that we’ve ever done,” Grohl said last year. “That was our intention, and that’s why we did it with [‘Nevermind’ producer] Butch [Vig]. It has to sound huge. It has to feel big. I want to hear 80,000 [people] singing the chorus of ‘These Days’ because, to me, that’s what it’s all about."
The contraction this year in the rock field that brought seven categories down to three probably didn’t have a significant effect on the rock album (or rock song) nominees. The reduction was accomplished by rolling together previously separate categories for hard rock and metal performance, as also was done by boiling solo vocal, duo or group vocal and instrumental categories down to a single rock performance category.
The award has gone in recent years to mainstream arena-rock acts including U2, Bruce Springsteen, the Foo Fighters, the Chili Peppers and Coldplay, although twice in the last decade it was claimed by pop-punk band Green Day. Last year it went to British electronica-prog rock group Muse’s “The Resistance.”
The Grammys are determined by about 13,000 voting members. The eligibility period for nominated recordings was Oct. 1, 2010, to Sept. 30, 2011.
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Photo: James Moll and the Foo Fighters accept the award for best music video long form at the 54th annual Grammy Awards pre-show on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012 in Los Angeles. Credit: Robyn Beck